Political Theory

Liberty and Responsibility in the Major Works of Samuel P. Huntington


This colloquium examined the central place of responsibility and liberty in the work of the late Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington. Huntington is widely regarded as one the most wide-ranging and influential political scientists of the twentieth century, having made major intellectual contributions in all four fields of political science: international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and American politics. In addition to his many scholarly contributions, Huntington’s work also had significant policy impact throughout his career.


Conference Readings

Desch, Michael C., “Hartz, Huntington, and the Liberal Tradition in America: The Clash with Military Realism” In American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in the New Era, edited by Suzanne C. Nielsen and Don M. Snider, 91-111. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Hartz, Louis. The Liberal Tradition in America. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1955.

Huntington, Samuel P. "Paradigms of American Politics: Beyond the One, the Two, and the Many." Political Science Quarterly 89, no. 1 (March 1974): 1-26.

Huntington, Samuel P. The Soldier and the State. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1957.

Huntington, Samuel P. Political Order in Changing Societies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1968.

Huntington, Samuel P. American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Huntington, Samuel P. “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs 72, no. 3 (Summer 1993): 22-49.

Huntington, Samuel P. "The Erosion of American National Interests." Foreign Affairs 76, no. 5 (September-October 1997): 28-49.

Huntington. Samuel P. "Conservatism as an Ideology." The American Political Science Review 51, no. 2 (June, 1957): 454-473.

Kaplan, Robert D. "Looking the World in the Eye." The Atlantic Monthly (December 2001 ): 68-82.

Robert D. Putnam. "Samuel P. Huntington: An Appreciation." PS 19, no. 4 (Autumn 1986): 837-845.

Zakaria, Fareed. “Samuel Huntington, 1927-2008.” Newsweek (January 2009): 41. www.fareedzakaria.com/ARTICLES/newsweek/010309.html (accessed August 20, 2009).